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University Assessment Cycle

The assessment cycles for the university vary according to whether you are reporting on an administrative unit, a core curriculum course, or an academic unit (including academic programs, certificates, and Dean's offices). The academic year for reports is defined as summer, fall, and spring.

For Administrative Units, including centers and institutes, the assessment cycle is completed annually.  Every year reports will include assessment plans (updated Outcomes and Methods) as well as Results data and Use of Results for Improvement based on these data. Starting for improvement actions reported in 2016-17, subsequent reports will require a Follow-up with documentation proving the improvement action was implemented. 

For Core Curriculum Courses, assessment reporting must occur a minimum of one semester every two years. It is expected that data collection and reporting should take place the first semester the course is offered within the two-year assessment cycle (see link below). During the semester the course is assessed, the report is to include: assessment plans (updated Outcomes and Methods), Results data, Use of Results for Improvement based on these data, and a Follow-up with documentation proving the improvement action was implemented (starting for improvement actions reported in the 2015-17 assessment cycle.

For Academic Units (including academic programs, certificates, and Dean's offices), Results are due every year and Use of Results for Improvement are due every second year.  Improvement strategies should encompass two years of data and should take into account trends occurring within these years. Implementation of these strategies will occur the next academic year and a Follow-up report with documentation is expected starting for improvement strategies completed in 2016-17.

Data for the previous academic year are due every October 15Below is a summary of the timeline:

Two-Year Assessment Cycle Deadlines

Assessment Cycle Breakdown

Assessment Planning

  • Define Outcomes
  • Outline Methods of assessing outcomes

Year 1

  • Review assessment plan
  • Collect data
  • Results due

Year 2

  • Collect data
  • Review/analyze data
  • Develop improvement strategies
  • Results and Use of Results for Improvement due

Year 3

  • Implement improvement strategies
  • Follow-ups and related documentation due
  • Review/revise previous assessment plan
  • Collect data
  • Results due